We need a different name for the subgenre "Character Action"

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It makes no damn sense and does jack to describe what the genre is. "Character Action?" Every action game has you play as a character. "Stylish Action" games would better describe what those games are about.

What you would rename the genre to?
 

Imran

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Everyone knows what it means. This feels like the late 90s when people were whining over "Technically you PLAY a ROLE in every GAME!"
 

SigmaCloud

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"Character action" has always been a garbage sounding genre name. I really wanna know who coined it, because I only ever saw it gain traction in the last couple of years. I'd rather call them stylish action or just go back to hack n slash.
 

matrix-cat

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Same with the endless handwringing over 'Metroidvania', the genre name doesn't have to be a 100% perfect description of the content of the games. People know what you mean when you say 'character action game', therefore it's the name for the genre and doesn't have to be changed.

You play a role in every game. All games have action and adventure. All games involve strategy. A shitload of games could be described as 'multiplayer online battle arenas'. Etc etc.
 

JustinH

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We should start calling them "looter shooters."

Why? Everyone knows what you're talking about when you use it
This is how I feel. I think it's already established to what people are referring when they say "character action" so it's understood what they mean. Changing the name would, I think, probably confuse people for a while at least, which kinda defeats the purpose doesn't it?
 

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Same with the endless handwringing over 'Metroidvania', the genre name doesn't have to be a 100% perfect description of the content of the games. People know what you mean when you say 'character action game', therefore it's the name for the genre and doesn't have to be changed.
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JusDoIt

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Same with the endless handwringing over 'Metroidvania', the genre name doesn't have to be a 100% perfect description of the content of the games. People know what you mean when you say 'character action game', therefore it's the name for the genre and doesn't have to be changed.
Metroidlike or Platform Adventure. No hand wringing necessary. The genre is very easy to label, unlike Devil May Cry alikes.
 

Gilver

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I hate hack and slash because people call anything with a sword that even diablo so its so broad it lost any meaning. With character action people know what you are talking about so its fine, its not like role playing game makes sense for what they are known for. Stylish action is cool too.
 

skullwaker

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I think it's appropriate since it refers to games that center around a defined character performing stylish, high-octane action moves.

Other action games don't typically center around a character with as much focus and personality as Dante or Bayonetta.
 

Gbraga

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I just call them stylish action games.

But I'm weird in other ways, like for example I want to include Vanquish and WET in this genre.
 

bobbychalkers

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its a dumb name but everyone knows what you are referring to when you say it. Something like hack and slash would be worse since you can refer to like 3 different genres with that term.
 

ASaiyan

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Everyone knows what it means. This feels like the late 90s when people were whining over "Technically you PLAY a ROLE in every GAME!"
Yup. "RPG" is a specific technical term that is different from the generic meaning of the individual words. Same with "Character-action game".
 

GurrenSwagann

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I've never been a fan of the character action title so I just go with hack n slash since it sounds better to me.
 

JEH

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It’s a dumb name but everyone knows what you mean so might as well keep it.
 
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I feel like I never see anyone use "character action" to describe a game other than something like ESRB or marketing/press material. Is this a thing people actually say? More often I'll see hack-n-slash or beat-em-up, brawler, Action-RPG and the like. Character Action? tf is that?
 

Crayon

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I've always called it hard action and I'm sticking to it. It's hard action, like hard sci-fi.
 

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yeah Roguelike means so much more then just a grid based, dungeon crawling game. Makes it difficult to find games actually like Rogue though.

Genres (and words in general) are there to convey the idea to other people. If you say character action on this forum I think a majority of people will know what type of game you're talking about.
 

thisismadness

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From the literal perspective, most genres are terrible at defining what they are and would require an explanation of why x game belongs and y doesnt.
 

Crayon

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Kamiya said the genre of DMC1 was stylish hard action so maybe you’re onto something
That's where I got it. I was blown away by devil may cry and I really felt it was kind of a new genre. He called it stylish hard action so I went with that. I felt it always remained a very distinct subgenre and I thought hard action always worked.